30 November 2018
Geneva, 30 November 2018 - The young American actress Jenna Ortega has joined the international jury of the Kids for Human Rights international drawing competition, organized this year by the United Nations and the Gabarron Foundation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Sixteen-year-old Ortega currently stars as Harley Diaz in the Disney Channel series “Stuck in the Middle”. She has also had roles in films including “Iron Man 3” and “Insidious: Chapter 2” and the series “Jane the Virgin”.
Ortega joins an international jury of imminent persons presided by Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón and includes Hani Abbas, a Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist who won the 2014 Editorial Cartoon International Prize awarded by Cartooning for Peace, Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Susanna Griso, Spanish journalist and television presenter, Tomas Paredes, President of the Spanish chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth.
“Young people are a force for change. I am honoured to be a part of this campaign and to help bring attention to the importance of human rights to young people around the world,” said the actress.
Ortega, who is a UNAIDS supporter, earlier this year lent her support to the #StandUp4HumanRights campaign by reading out Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, focusing on everyone’s right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and their family, especially mothers and children, who should enjoy the same social protection.
The winners of the international drawing competition Kids for Human Rights will be announced on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
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Marta Vaquero, Gabarron Foundation
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